Job 9:20
New International Version
Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.

New Living Translation
Though I am innocent, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty. Though I am blameless, it would prove me wicked.

English Standard Version
Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.

Berean Study Bible
Even if I were righteous, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would declare me guilty.

New American Standard Bible
"Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.

King James Bible
If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

Christian Standard Bible
Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.

Contemporary English Version
Even if I were innocent, God would prove me wrong.

Good News Translation
I am innocent and faithful, but my words sound guilty, and everything I say seems to condemn me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.

International Standard Version
Though I'm in the right, my own mouth will condemn me; though I'm blameless, he'll pronounce me as guilty.

NET Bible
Although I am innocent, my mouth would condemn me; although I am blameless, it would declare me perverse.

New Heart English Bible
Though I am righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me. Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I am righteous, my own mouth would condemn me. It would declare that I am corrupt even if I am a man of integrity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me; Though I be innocent, He shall prove me perverse.

New American Standard 1977
“Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, he shall prove me perverse.

King James 2000 Bible
If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am blameless, it shall also prove me perverse.

American King James Version
If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

American Standard Version
Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For though I should seem righteous, my mouth will be profane: and though I should seem blameless, I shall be proved perverse.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I would justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I would shew myself innocent, he shall prove me wicked.

Darby Bible Translation
If I justified myself, mine own mouth would condemn me; were I perfect, he would prove me perverse.

English Revised Version
Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I justify myself, my own mouth will condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, that also will prove me perverse.

World English Bible
Though I am righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me. Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse.

Young's Literal Translation
If I be righteous, Mine mouth doth declare me wicked, Perfect I am! -- it declareth me perverse.
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
19If it is a matter of strength, He is indeed mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him? 20Even if I were righteous, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would declare me guilty. 21Though I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my life.…
Cross References
Job 9:15
For even if I were right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.

Job 9:29
Since I am already found guilty, why should I labor in vain?

Job 15:6
Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.

Treasury of Scripture

If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

justify

Job 9:2
I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

Job 4:17
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Job 32:1,2
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes…

mine

Job 15:5,6
For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty…

Job 34:35
Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.

Job 35:16
Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

I am perfect

Job 1:1
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Philippians 3:12-15
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus…

it shall

Job 33:8-13
Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying, …

Proverbs 17:20
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

1 Timothy 6:5
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.







Lexicon
Even if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I were righteous,
אֶ֭צְדָּק (’eṣ·dāq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6663: To be just or righteous

my mouth
פִּ֣י (pî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

would condemn me;
יַרְשִׁיעֵ֑נִי (yar·šî·‘ê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7561: To be, wrong, to disturb, violate

if I
אָ֝֗נִי (’ā·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

were blameless,
תָּֽם־ (tām-)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8535: Complete, pious, gentle, dear

it would declare me guilty.
וַֽיַּעְקְשֵֽׁנִי׃ (way·ya‘·qə·šê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6140: To knot, distort, to pervert
Verse 20. - If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me. Since he could not wholly justify himself. "All men have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Job has already admitted the utterance of "rash words" (Job 6:3), and, at least hypothetically, that he "has sinned" (Job 7:20), and needs "pardon" for his "transgression" (Job 7:24). Job, if he tried to "justify himself," would have to acknowledge such shortcomings, such imperfections, such sins - at any rate, of infirmity - as would make his attempted justification a real self-condemnation. If I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse; rather, even were I perfect it (i.e. my mouth) would prove me perverse; i.e. supposing I were actually perfect, and tried to prove it, my speech would be so hesitating and confused, that I should only seem to be perverse. 9:14-21 Job is still righteous in his own eyes, ch. 32:1, and this answer, though it sets forth the power and majesty of God, implies that the question between the afflicted and the Lord of providence, is a question of might, and not of right; and we begin to discover the evil fruits of pride and of a self-righteous spirit. Job begins to manifest a disposition to condemn God, that he may justify himself, for which he is afterwards reproved. Still Job knew so much of himself, that he durst not stand a trial. If we say, We have no sin, we not only deceive ourselves, but we affront God; for we sin in saying so, and give the lie to the Scripture. But Job reflected on God's goodness and justice in saying his affliction was without cause.
Jump to Previous
Blameless Condemn Declare Declareth Evil Guiltless Guilty Innocent Justify Mouth Perfect Perverse Pronounce Prove Right Righteous Sinner Wicked Wrong
Jump to Next
Blameless Condemn Declare Declareth Evil Guiltless Guilty Innocent Justify Mouth Perfect Perverse Pronounce Prove Right Righteous Sinner Wicked Wrong
Links
Job 9:20 NIV
Job 9:20 NLT
Job 9:20 ESV
Job 9:20 NASB
Job 9:20 KJV

Job 9:20 Bible Apps
Job 9:20 Biblia Paralela
Job 9:20 Chinese Bible
Job 9:20 French Bible
Job 9:20 German Bible

Alphabetical: am blameless condemn declare Even guiltless guilty He I if innocent it me mouth my pronounce righteous Though were will would

OT Poetry: Job 9:20 Though I am righteous my own mouth (Jb) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Job 9:19
Top of Page
Top of Page